The Pope’s visit to D.C. was a wildly popular event. I didn’t actually get to see the Pope up close, but was nearby and enjoyed the positivity of the crowds. At the Papal mass at the National Shrine, there was an outside overflow viewing area with a Jumbotron watched by a crowd of people of all ages:
A man was painting an image of the Pope nearby:
Street vendors were everywhere, selling Pope merchandise:
Security was tight but worked well everywhere. Here is a helicopter over MLK Library, one of several flying low right before the Pope was driven to St. Patrick’s near the library.
One of my favorite views in D.C. are the flags along Pennsylvania Avenue. When there is not a foreign dignitary visiting, there are two flags – the American flag and the D.C. flag. For any foreign visit, that country’s flag is added to the other two.
The Montgomery County Fair combines a traditional agricultural fair with a midway full of rides and games.
The amazing China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I love public art, and I love Hello Kitty, so what better to see than a giant installation of Hello Kitty on the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York. The work is by Sebastian Masuda, who created a translucent sculpture filled with personal items of New Yorkers.
Mary Heilmann: Sunset is an outdoor exhibition inaugurating the outdoor terraces at the new Whitney, allowing visitors to celebrate the new architecture and views.
The old streetcar station under Dupont Circle has been closed to the public since 1962, except for six months in 1995 when a small part of the station was converted into a food court. It is now in the beginning stages of re-opening under the non-profit Dupont Underground, as a multi-purpose arts and special usage space.
The D.C. streetcar system started in 1890, but the Dupont underground station was not built until 1949. The goal was to relieve some of the traffic around Dupont Circle. One of the main reasons for the traffic problems at Dupont was that there already was an above-ground trolley line, but instead of it going around the circle, it had lines in both directions sharing the west side of the circle, causing congestion and confusion against the circular pattern of automobiles around the circle.
The station runs under Connecticut Avenue from N to S Street, with 75,000 square feet of space. Most of the space is raw concrete and unadorned, except for some tiled walls around the entrances. There are seven entrances to the station, scattered around Dupont Circle, each one with stairs down to the platform. The station is only 8 feet below Dupont Circle.
The underground station operated for only thirteen years until the entire trolley system was shut down in 1962. After that, the tunnels briefly served as a fall-out shelter, and then even more briefly as a food court in 1995.
The BIG Maze, a maze by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, exhibited at the National Building Museum. It is 18 feet high and 60 feet square.